Immigration depletes resources

Regarding the interview with Ben Wattenberg, "Immigration as an Economic Engine," March 27: Mr. Wattenberg, in arguing for increased immigration, seems to assume that our resources are infinite. How urban must the country become, how low must our standard of living drop, before the Ben Wattenbergs realize that not all resources are infinite?

The population of the US grew 10 percent in the last 10 years. The large majority of this increase was attributable to immigration. Immigrants consume resources here much faster on average than they did in their countries of origin. In addition, immigration does nothing to decrease the rapid population growth in those countries which are causing world population to increase by 90 million per year. Elizabeth Hernandez, Las Cruces, N.M.

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